V.A. Legends of Acid Jazz : "Hammond Heros"
Label Prestige Record (1998) | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Time: 71:11 | Size: 162Style: Jazz/Soul Jazz/hard Bop/Bop/Jump Blues
Legends of Acid Jazz-Hammond Heroes offers few advantages more than a gathering of solid soul-jazz tunes. It is, however, a decent (if not essential) collection of "Hammond heroes." But nearly every track here actually pre-dates what has come to be considered "acid jazz." If Prestige were to tap the Hammond heroes of its acid jazz period, you'd see names like Leon Spencer, Charles Kynard, Bill Mason or Sonny Phillips and later offerings by Groove Holmes or Johnny "Hammond" Smith.
Nomenclature aside, this 72-minute disc does offer swinging soul jazz by some of the genre's more memorable B-3 wizards: Jack McDuff (in three appearances here), Shirley Scott, Larry Young and Don Patterson. Two welcome inclusions are the otherwise unavailable "One Track Mind," a 1966 track by Freddie Roach, and "Take Five," a 1967 recording by Trudy Pitts (with Pat Martino). Better suited to a sock hop than a rave, Legends of Acid Jazz-Hammond Heroes will appeal more to curious listeners than real B-3 fans.